Kingston Police announce arrest in Rochleau Court arson case

The damages visible on the courtyard area behind Modern Primitive following a fire that broke out on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. Photo by Peter McKenty/Kingstonist.

An individual identified by police as having been involved in the downtown Kingston arson case that occurred on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, has now been arrested.

Kingston Police announced the arrest just before noon on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, noting that the accused person in relation to the incident was identified by police “as a result of a thorough investigation into the arson,” which broke out in the morning at Rochleau Court, the alleyway between Modern Primitive boutique and The Toucan bar and restaurant on Princess Street in downtown Kingston. The fire began at the enclosure behind Modern Primitive, police determined at the time, and quickly spread to the roof of the old limestone building – one thought to be the oldest building on Princess Street, dating back to the early 1800s. Modern Primitive, which has called the building home for 20+ years, suffered the most extensive damages as a result of the fire, with next-door neighbour, Amanda’s House of Elegance, also sustaining damages enough to close its doors for the week.

Following the fire, Kingston Police released video footage of a suspect believed to be involved in the incident. According to Kingston Police, once that individual was identified, a warrant was issued for their arrest on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022. Two weeks later, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, police located and arrested the accused person “at a local residence” at approximately 7:30 p.m., police said in a press release. In response to inquiries from Kingstonist, police stated the residence was located in Kingston’s north end.

While police did not name the individual, that person — a 34-year-old from Kingston — has been charged with arson causing property damage. Upon arrest, the accused person was taken to Kingston Police Headquarters and held to attend a bail hearing today, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022. Police did not say what the results were of that hearing.

“Kingston Police would like to thank the public for their assistance in this matter,” police said.

Asked why the individual charged in this case was not publicly named, Kingston Police indicated they could not do so pending bail hearing, which takes place this afternoon.

Kingstonist will update this article if/when more information becomes available.

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